Camp Roster Taking Shape

As expected, the Buccaneers made a couple changes to their 90-man offseason roster on Monday, sifting through the videotape from the weekend’s rookie mini-camp to find five prospects who were better fits than five players previously on the list.  The roster as it stands on Monday, May 6, is surely not exactly the one that will head into training camp in late July, but it’s probably pretty close.  With a few tweaks here and there, this is the group from which the Bucs will eventually carve out a 53-man roster for the regular season.

What tweaks might still take place?  Well, there’s always the specter of a potential spring injury, a la Da’Quan Bowers last year (/knocking on wooden desk next to keyboard).  The Bucs might not be completely done adding tryout players from the rookie camp; that process was spread out over a couple days last year?  And, perhaps most likely, the team might look to massage the numbers it has at each specific position. Continue reading

Mini-Camp Musings

Here’s a few things we think we’ve learned over the last few days, as the Buccaneers gathered their own rookies and about 50 tryout players to conduct a quick mini-camp at One Buc Place: Continue reading

Welcome to #24, Revis Island

It’s the most talked about 24 since Jack Bauer’s eighth (!) sleepless day, and it now belongs to Darrelle Revis.

Mark Barron wore jersey #24 for the Buccaneers as a rookie last year after being selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 draft.  Four days before the 2013 draft, the Buccaneers traded for Revis, the All-Pro cornerback who happened to have made the #24 pretty famous during his years with the Jets.  That kicked off the obvious speculation – you know, after people got tired of talking about Revis’ enormous talent and what it will mean to Tampa Bay’s secondary – that Revis and Barron would strike some sort of deal to transfer ownership of that jersey number with the Buccaneers.

It didn’t have to happen, but it always seemed quite likely to happen…and now it has happened.  Leaving the issue of how the transfer was negotiated between teammates, the Bucs confirmed on Friday that Revis will wear #24 and Barron will move to #23.  That also necessitated the move of CB Myron Lewis from #23 to #31, the number E.J. Biggers previously wore before departing in free agency.

So jersey #24 will still be prominently featured in the Buccaneers’ secondary this year, just one level closer to the line.  Barron, sporting #23, will play beside new safety teammate Dashon Goldson, #38.  Returning CB Eric Wright is still sporting #21 and second-round draft pick CB Johnthan Banks has taken over #27, last worn by RB LeGarrette Blount.   The Bucs even avoided giving #24 temporarily to a player on a tryout contract this weekend at the Bucs’ rookie mini-camp.

As a celebration of this anticipated switch, which was revealed at 3:00 p.m. ET on Friday, Buccaneer fans can enjoy free-shipping on all merchandise purchased through the online team store for an entire week.  Yes, that includes some new #24 Revis and #23 Barron jerseys.  The free shipping period began at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. ET next Friday, May 10.

Speaking of Banks and the rookie mini-camp, his fellow 2013 draftees put on their first NFL jersey numbers on Friday.  The entire roster can be found here but here’s the rookie rundown:

  • #8 QB Mike Glennon
  • #27 CB Johnthan Banks
  • #25 RB Mike James
  • #92 DE William Gholston
  • #96 DE Steven Means
  • #97 DT Akeem Spence

Three Released as Bucs Meet Roster Limit

NFL teams are allowed a maximum of 90 players on the roster during the offseason, and Monday’s addition of 13 undrafted free agents put the Buccaneers over the limit.  Or, at least it did when those 13 young men arrived in Tampa on Thursday and officially put pen to paper.

That necessitated some additional roster moves by the Buccaneers, which was taken care of on Thursday afternoon.  The Bucs released the following three players:

  • G Derek Hardman
  • DT Corvey Irvin
  • CB James Rogers

In addition, TE Drake Dunsmore and K Nate Kaeding have elected to retire.

Tony Dungy Thrilled by Warren Sapp’s HOF Induction

Tony Dungy’s NFL career began in a cradle of Hall of Famers.

Dungy was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 1977, which means he joined a roster that already included NINE future Hall-of-Fame players – Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, Lynn Swann and Mike Webster – plus a Canton-bound head coach in Chuck Noll and an already-enshrined owner in Art Rooney.

Dungy’s playing career lasted just three years but he went into coaching immediately thereafter and would subsequently cross paths with many more future Hall of Famers, such as Dermontti Dawson, Derrick Thomas, John Randle, Lamar Hunt, Cris Carter, Randall McDaniel, Chris Doleman, Warren Moon and Gary Zimmerman.  After Dungy became the head coach of the Buccaneers in 1996, he also eventually tutored McDaniel again in Tampa from 2000-01.

Despite a career spent in the presence of Hall of Famers (and perhaps a career that is also destined for the same honor), it was a unique and special experience for Dungy when former Buccaneer great Warren Sapp got the call to Canton this past February. Continue reading

Who’s Next? Potential Candidates for the Ring

On Thursday, the Buccaneers will hold a press conference to announce the fifth person selected for the team’s Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium.  That person’s name will join those of Lee Roy Selmon (inducted in 2009), John McKay (2010), Jimmie Giles (2011) and Paul Gruber (2012) on the stadium façade.

Who will it be?  Let’s consider the possibilities.  Note #1: The following players and coaches are listed alphabetically and not in any order of likelihood.  Note #2: We went deep, deep, deep on this list, so you may consider some of the options below to be much more viable than others.  That’s fair, but there’s no harm in making an overly comprehensive list.  And, just in case this list isn’t comprensive enough, tell me in the comments the obvious candidate(s) I missed. Continue reading

McCoy Expects Chain Reaction from Secondary Additions

What kind of impact will All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis have on the Buccaneers’ defense?  According to his new teammate and fellow Pro Bowler, Gerald McCoy, the answer doesn’t have to be measured in points or yards, but in seconds.  And not even plural, but singular.  As in, one second.

One more second is all McCoy wants.  In many cases, it’s all any defensive lineman wants.  It’s the difference between turning and watching a pass zip downfield (no fun) and getting up off a recently-flattened quarterback (lots of fun). Continue reading

What They’re Saying About the Bucs’ Draft

At this point, even those analysts who fill out post-draft report cards are quick to acknowledge that a draft class can’t really be accurately judged for several years.  Still, reading those report cards are a fun part of the whole draft-coverage process for fans, so here’s a look at what various media outlets are saying about the Bucs’ 2013 efforts:

Jason Cole of Yahoo.com’s sports section hands out the highest grade we found to the Buccaneers, an A-.  In his estimation, the grade hinges on one’s opinion of the Darrelle Revis trade, and he clearly is high on that move for Tampa Bay. Continue reading

Trivia Time: Obscure Facts About the Bucs’ 2013 Draft Efforts

The following fact about the Buccaneers’ 2013 draft probably falls less under the “Did You Know?” category and more under, “You Probably Could Have Guessed.”

Yes, defensive end Steven Means is the first University of Buffalo player the Buccaneers have ever selected in the NFL Draft.  Oh, and drafted or not, if Means makes the team he will be the first Buffalo Bull ever to suit up in a Bucs uniform. Continue reading

Bucs Follow Rare But Promising Pick Pattern

After gladly surrendering their first-round pick in Sunday’s trade for All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis, the Bucs were left with a draft hand that began with the #43 overall pick in Round Two and the #73 overall selection in Round Three.  As it turned out, they decided against trying to trade up or down and stayed put at those two very selections, eventually nabbing Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks in the second frame and North Carolina State QB Mike Glennon in the third.

On one hand, those picks weren’t shocking.  In his pre-draft press conference on Monday, Buccaneers G.M. Mark Dominik had been asked directly and pointedly about those two positions, reflecting a widespread belief that the team was looking for depth in the secondary and under center.  The Bucs may have had a variety of options in mind, but the directions they ended up going in surprised few.

On the other hand, the selections of Banks and Glennon were rare in terms of the team’s drafting history.  Rare, but promising. Continue reading